Calm Facial Bar Soap with Essential Oil Blend

We get a lot of questions about what makes our Calm Facial Bars so delicious and herby smelling without the use of any artificial fragrances. Today we’re here to spill some of our secrets! Join us as we share what makes these bars smell so good.

For Calm, it’s all about the essential oil blend. Essential oils in soap-making have a variety of potential uses. They’re like ingredients in a good soup: Depending on what you want the final recipe to offer, you’ll need to add the right ingredients.

With Calm we’ve created a soap with essential oils that have aromatherapy properties and cleansing skin care benefits, all designed around the philosophy that’s right there in the name: a soothing, calm experience for happy, healthy skin.

Let’s dive into exactly which essential oils make up the Calm blend.

What Makes a Calm Bar Calm?

We chose each of our soap essential oils for their calming aromas. Relaxation, breathing, and rejuvenation were our goals.

We also made sure to carefully regulate the quantity and types of essential oils in every bar, so that the skin care benefits would be present in full force without being irritating to sensitive skin.

Another calming property of Calms is the use of ingredients that really clean the skin. As you read on, you’ll notice that all of the essential oils we’ve chosen have inherent antiseptic properties to help cleanse and soothe the skin.

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Rosemary is one of our favorite herbs. It is invigorating, refreshing, and stimulating. The essential oil of rosemary is extracted by steam distillation from fresh flowering tops. As an essential oil in soap and other beauty products, rosemary is very well known for its skin care benefits.

Rosemary can help protect skin from environmental damage often caused by the sun and free radicals. It also has some antiseptic properties which make it a natural disinfectant for our skin and hair.

It has also been found to reduce the inflammation caused by acne and helps boost circulation, leaving you with healthy glowing skin you’ll fall in love with! In fact, because it is helpful in improving circulation, it is a very popular essential oil in soap-making and especially in massage oils, and can be beneficial in blends for muscle fatigue or arthritis.

Rosemary oil rejuvenates the skin with much-needed nutrients, and keeps your skin looking younger and fresher than ever before.

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Nothing beats the calming smell of a cup of chamomile tea. Chamomile essential oil in soap has the same effect.

There are two main variants of this oil, Roman and German. While Roman Chamomile is popular for its calming effect, German Chamomile serves as an effective natural anti-inflammatory agent. Both variants are rich in antiseptic, analgesic, digestive-aiding properties.

For skin, chamomile is a deeply soothing ingredient. It can help reduce inflammation and redness, and even help reduce the appearance of acne scarring. It is also a sought after natural remedy for eczema-like skin conditions.

We use chamomile extract in many of our skin care formulations, as it is just wonderfully soothing on the skin.

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Lemongrass is another favorite of ours. It has a light and fresh lemony smell with earthy undertones.

One of the major benefits of a soap with essential oil of lemongrass is its skin-healing properties. Lemongrass essential oil acts as a skin toner and can also help keep hair and nails healthy and glowing. Just like its distant cousin, lemons, it's a natural astringent with some serious antiseptic properties.

Lemongrass essential oil can be especially helpful if you have acne-prone skin. The antibacterial and astringent properties of lemongrass essential oil will help eliminate dirt and bacteria trapped within the skin, while also leaving a protective layer to prevent more from getting in. It can also help regulate excessive oil production without drying out the skin, which is a problem with many astringents made from synthetic chemicals.

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The one essential oil you may not be as familiar with in this blend is gingergrass. Gingergrass is native to India and has a distinctly herbaceous and woody aroma. It is similar to lemongrass, but with more ginger overtones. Gingergrass essential oil in soap and other skin care products has amazing skin benefits and, as such, it has been incorporated into the making of soaps in India since the 18th century!

Gingergrass essential oil has strong antiseptic properties which make it useful for helping reduce the appearance of acne, eczema, dermatitis, oily skin, and other inflammations of the skin. It soothes the inflamed skin and kills off bacteria, thus preventing skin conditions from worsening.

Gingergrass essential oil in soap is also helpful in reducing the appearance of subsequent marks, scars, spots, and wrinkles caused by these various skin conditions.

Lastly, it promotes the circulation and regeneration of new tissue and skin cells underneath your skin. Our skin is a living organ, and to keep it healthy and happy as it regenerates is a key part of the philosophy that went into our Calm formula.

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Tea Tree

When you look at natural acne products such as body or face washes, one of the most easily recognizable ingredients is tea tree essential oil. Many soaps with essential oils feature tea tree oil.

The tea tree is native to Australia, the oil deriving from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, a small tree. Even though it is called “tea tree,” these leaves are not used for drinking, but rather for their anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial qualities. This makes it one of the more popular essential oils in soap-making.

Traditionally used for healing, tea tree has been recently used in natural medicines and specifically for inflammation, redness, acne, and itchiness. The leaves or oil can be used traditionally for dandruff, ringworm, and many other ailments. In skin care, we are most concerned with its ability to wash the skin free of bacteria that contribute to skin irritations, redness, and blemishes.

Soap with essential oil of tea tree can easily become “tea tree oil scented,” as the smell of tea tree straight is powerful and can be slightly overwhelming and medicinal. That’s why we only use a small amount, carefully balanced with the other essential oils in our blend, so that it only adds a few delicate notes to the overall performance, rather than playing a loud solo—which wouldn’t be very Calm!

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Cultivate Your Inner Calm

Essential oils in soap-making can do so much more than “merely” putting out a nice scent. Calm does this too, of course, as there are never any artificial colors or fragrances, ever, in our products.The soap essential oils we use in Calm work together to give you and your skin a relaxing, refreshing experience. Now that you’ve had a glimpse into the essential oils that we use in the Calm Facial Bar, you can better appreciate the lovely, clean smell that naturally exudes from each bar.

But, more than that, with Calm you can rest assured in the knowledge that our facial bar has been carefully and lovingly designed to help cleanse and moisturize your face, to achieve that outer calmness on our skin that can transform into the elusive treasure of inner calm.

We hope you’ll check out the Calm Facial Bar today. It’s available in our travel size too, as well as the travel duo! And we’ll see you next time in the Ayr Skin Care Blog.

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